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Independence Free Public Library (Munson Building)

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Munson Building
1893–1895. 210 2nd St. N.E.

French Châteauesque in style, the library's dominant theme is the entrance tower that rises to three stories plus an attic. The tower houses the staircase, which is reflected on the side by the ascending group of narrow arched windows. The fenestration on the west side consists of large second-floor openings carried up to the base of the entablature and interspersed with small arched windows. Above the entrance is a sculpture of a woman reading, surrounded on each side by intertwined foliage.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Independence Free Public Library (Munson Building)", [Independence, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 403-404.

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